It seems that there is an assumption that these linked bodies are going to be human, it could be a rather interesting creature that actually requires multiple hosts to maintain it's intelligence, and removing individuals from the network could actually cause the creature to loose points from it's collective intelligence score.
I read a book, Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge where there was a world inhabited by pack minded animals, not so much like a pack of wolves, but a single entity that just happened to have multiple bodies. Each body formed a fraction of the intelligence and the loss or addition of members could literally change the psyche of the individual in question. There is an instance in the book of one of the pack creatures being decimated down to a single member, the lone member functioned on the level of a child, or a mentally handicapped person and was later absorbed into another collective pack mind.
In that situation, I would consider the entity in question to be either an NPC, an intelligent lifeform, or a very peculiar society/ethnic/culture. If it is solitary and there are no other hive intelligences of similar construction it should count towards being a unique entry.
The arguement could go several different ways, since I would have to say that CP's Cutsman is actually a Constructed lifeform, but it is also one of a kind and thus fits for the unique category.